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29.06.2015
Over the long term, we can expect to see a supply shortfall and rising prices - Ali Pastorini
ali_pastorini_x.jpgAli Pastorini, Director of Marketing of the World Jewelry Hub (WJH), in an interview to Rough & Polished talked about the goals set before the WJH, described the main trends and challenges currently facing the world jewelry and diamond markets and delineated the role of China and India.

22.06.2015
Legal framework should predominantly be aimed at creating equal conditions for doing business
flun_gumerov_x.jpgFlun Gumerov is the President of Almaz-Holding, a jewelry company based and operating in Russia (it has been working in the Russian market since 1993 and is one of the leading firms in the country). He is also a member of the Kostroma Regional Duma (Parliament) and a member of Business Russia, which is an all-Russia social action organization. Being one of the participants of the Expert Council within the State Duma Committee on Natural Resources, Environmental Management and Ecology he combines this work with his activity as a member of the General Council of the Russian Jewelers Guild. Flun Gumerov was awarded the Honor Badge “150th Anniversary of Mikhail Perkhin” by the Commemorative Foundation of Karl Faberge for his outstanding contribution to the development of Russian jewelry art.

15.06.2015
Fabio D'Amico: We do not allow neither overgrading nor undergrading
fabio_d_amico_x.jpgFabio D'Amico, CEO of Milan-based Gemological Education Certification Institute (GECI) told about the work performed by his Institute and in particular about the services it offers in his interview to Rough&Polished.





Belgium's Polished Exports +8%, Imports +28% in May

17.06.2013

Belgium's polished diamond exports rose 7.7 percent year on year in May to $1.271 billion, while the price per carat jumped 12.5 percent to $1,993, according to data collected by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre. However, polished diamond imports surged 27.9 percent to $1.314 billion, leaving Belgium with a net polished export deficit of $43 million compared with net exports worth $154 million in May 2012.
Rough imports fell 5.4 percent in May to $1.051 billion and rough exports increased 6.1 percent to $1.221 billion. The data resulted in a rough import deficit of $170 million during the month compared with a deficit of $40 million one year ago. Belgium's net diamond account for May, reflecting the net difference between exports and imports, plummeted to a deficit of $3 million compared with a surplus of $194 million one year ago.
During the first five months of 2013, Belgium has exported $5.778 billion worth of polished diamonds, up 1.4 percent year-on-year, while polished imports have fallen 2.3 percent to $5.542 billion. Net exports of polished diamonds totaled $236 million compared with only $24 million for the same period in 2012. Rough imports of $5.929 billion during the first five months reflected a 5.5 percent year on year increase, and yet rough exports have risen 6.3 percent to $6.333 billion, leaving an import deficit of $404 million compared with a deficit of $335 million.
Belgium's net diamond account for the January through May period improved 78.3 percent year on year to $640 million.

Alex Shishlo, Editor in Chief of the European Bureau, Rough&Polished

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